Owasso shuts down Bishop Kelley
BY MIKE BROWN World Sports Writer
Sunday, April 29, 2012
4/29/12 at 5:52 AM
OWASSO - Jeb Bargfeldt had to wait until Senior Day to pitch at home for the first time all season.
Owasso's sophomore left-hander made the most of it Saturday by throwing a four-hitter with 11 strikeouts as the second-ranked Rams downed seventh-ranked Bishop Kelley 5-0 at Stigall Field.
"I felt good today and every pitcher likes pitching at home," he said.
Bargfeldt ran his record to 5-2. His only losses were to No. 1 Broken Arrow in the Drillers Showcase at ONEOK Field, and at No. 6 Stillwater.
"It's just worked out where he hasn't gotten to pitch at home until now," Owasso coach Larry Turner said. "He's got a great curveball and a great changeup. When he gets a little stronger, he has a chance to be special."
Senior catcher Josh Whisler celebrated his final regular-season home game by driving in three runs with his fourth and fifth homers.
Senior second baseman Tyler Hupp doubled home a run and junior Preston Olmstead drove in another with a pinch-hit double.
Saturday's win gave the Rams a sweep of their district series with the Comets (22-10). On Friday, they broke Kelley's 16-game winning streak by rallying to win 11-8. The Rams trailed 8-3 before Josh Cantrell's three-run homer in the sixth inning and Andrew Rosa's three-run double in the top of the seventh.
Kelley coach Scott Ellis said Friday's emotional loss made it hard for the Comets to come back and play Saturday.
"I'm afraid it had an effect on this game," he said.
Bargfeldt had his own effect. He retired the first 11 men and allowed only five baserunners. Donnie Walton's two-out single to right in the fourth inning was only the third ball hit out of the infield by the Comets.
Kelley's only serious threat came when Joey Zurawik singled and losing pitcher John Lynch (7-1) doubled in the fifth with one out, but Bargfeldt fanned the next two men.
OWASSO 5, KELLEY 0
Lynch and Arthur; Bargfeldt and Whisler. W: Bargfeldt (5-2). L: Lynch (7-1). HR: Owasso, Whisler 2 (5).
OWASSO 11, KELLEY 8
Hale, Wichmann (2), Taylor (5) and Whisler; Heffernan, Forrest (6), Zurawik (7) and Arthur. HR: Owasso, Cantrell.
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Owasso's Tyler Hupp hits his second double, which was followed by Josh Whisler's home run to ignite Owasso during the game against Bishop Kelley at Owasso on Saturday. JOEY JOHNSON/for the Tulsa World